On Monday 21 October 19, Station Commander, Wing Commander Rob Hart, welcomed the Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire and delegates from the Royal British Legion to Shrivenham Station to launch the 2019 Poppy Appeal in the County.
During a short ceremony, which happens at a military base somewhere in Oxfordshire every year, the Station Commander presented The Lord Lieutenant Tim Stevenson with the opportunity to buy the first poppy of this year’s appeal.
Station Commander, Wg Commander Rob Hart said:
“We like to be part of our local community, we recognise the work that the charities that support veterans do and so bringing those two things together is really important to us to have them here today…Here at the Defence Academy we’ve got a big international student body. We both project our courses overseas and have international students here and we’ve got typically around 1500 students of which 300 are international so it means a lot to us.”
The Lord Lieutenant, Tim Stevenson commented:
“I’ve always been a great admirer of the Defence Academy, partly because of the international element that attends a number of its courses and I think therefore to buy the first poppy on the base which encompasses representatives from armed forces all around the world, is a symbol of the theme this year of the celebration of together”
Supported by the Head of the Intermediate Faculty, Brigadier Phil Kimber and students of ICSC(L), the presentation was a real honour for Shrivenham and the Defence Academy and we’re absolutely delighted that The Lord Lieutenant’s office chose our Unit to launch the appeal this year.
The Royal British Legion (www) is the country’s largest Armed Forces charity with 235,000 members, 110,000 volunteers and a network of partners and charities; they have supported servicemen and women and veterans wherever and whenever it’s needed since 1921.